Restaurant Style Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe Restaurant Style

Palak paneer recipe restaurant style

Palak paneer as the name says it all, the hero ingredients are palak or spinach leaves and paneer or Indian cottage cheese. This is one of the most loved dish in India. This belongs to North Indian cuisine but it’s not restricted to only North India. I love making this as many time as you ask . This is super healthy dish as well.

Protein rich Palak Paneer

Winters is a season when we get maximum green leafy vegetables. And you get all nutrition from these healthy super foods. Spinach or palak is a source of protein and iron. I use homemade paneer for any such dish I make. Read my post on how to make paneer at home in 15 minutes.

This is such an easy recipe, I just love this super yummy palak paneer. When we crave for palak paneer, we normally prefer to order from restaurant. The reason may be time factor and taste also. But trust me you make this recipe once at home, you will love to make this healthy dish every time. I do make this at home only every time I feel to have some delicious palak paneer restaurant style or dhaba style. More than anything, you will make best quality dish.

Look at the color and texture. I’m totally in love with my palak paneer.

It’s just like some other curry preparation but only exception is blanch palak and puree it. Then add to the curry paste. Shallow fry paneer cubes and mix them to the gravy. It doesn’t take extra 10 minutes than regular curry preparation. I do take extra 20 minutes since I make that to prepare my paneer cubes at home.

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Restaurant Style Palak Paneer

Palak paneer is a healthy and delicious dish made from paneer cubes cooked in spinach based gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Leafy Special, Main Course, Paneer Special
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, green leafy vegetables, Protein Rich Food, Spinach Recipes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Ipsa Faujdar


  • 1 cup paneer cubes
  • 2 bunch palak/ spinach leaves
  • 2 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5 garlic pods
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt


Preparing Paneer

  • If you are using store brought paneer, dip them in warm water for 5 minutes to make them softer. After remove from water and keep on dry plate for 1 minute before frying.
  • Shallow fry the paneer cubes till it’s golden in color. Do in low flame.
  • Keep aside for further use.

Preparing Palak Gravy

  • Wash and clean palak leaves properly.
  • Blanch it in hot water for 3 – 5 minutes. Don’t over cook.
  • Strain out the leaves with help of a colander. 
  • Wash it with regular tap water to stop over cooking. This will retain the colour of green leaves.
  • Then squeeze out leaves lightly and put it in a blender.
  • Add 3 cloves of garlic, 1 green chilli and Puree it completely.
  • Now heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic.
  • Add finely chopped onion and saute till onion translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
  • Then add all dry spices and mix well.
  • If required add 1 – 2 tbsp water and mix well.
  • Then add tomato puree and saute till it’s cooked completely and leaves oil.
  • Now add spinach puree to the pan and mix well.
  • Add 1 cup water and cook the mixture for another 3 – 5 minutes. 

Final Step of Palak Paneer

  • Once you see the spinach puree is cooked, add fried paneer cubes to it and cook for a minute or two.
  • Add a pinch of garam masala but this is optional. You may skip this step.
  • Palak paneer is ready. Serve with naan, roti or even with rice. 


Use fresh paneer for best result.
Keep it in warm water for 5 – 10 minutes to make them soft.
Don’t blanch paneer for more than 2 – 4 minutes.
After removing from hot water wash it immediately with cold water to stop excess cooking.
You can take soft and tender stems of spinach also. but cut them if it’s hard and tight one.
The gravy does not require any thickening agent like flour or cream. You can add cream in the end for taste. I have not added any cream in this recipe.

Well, while posting this recipe, I came across one palak paneer recipe on Swasthi’s Kitchen. In the recipe I liked how instead of blanching, she initially sauteed the spinach leaves and then pureed it. That is also a great idea. Saute with garlic and then puree that to a fine paste. I ll try this method next time.

How to Make Palak Paneer

Step I

Take Paneer cubes (home made or store bought) and shallow fry them till golden brown.

Take out and keep separately for further use.

Step II

Wash and blanch spinach leaves for 3 – 5 minutes.

Run fresh water on it to stop excess cooking.

Transfer to a blender. Add garlic cloves and green chilli along with palak.

Make a fine puree of this.

Step III

Heat oil in a pan. Add minced garlic and saute for a minute.

Add chopped onion, ginger garlic paste and saute till translucent.

Then add all spices mentioned in ingredient list and mix well adding a tbsp water.

Now Add tomato puree and mix well. Cook till it’s cooked and leaves oil in surrounding.

Season with salt. mix well.

Add spinach puree & add 1 cup of water and mix well.

Cook for another 3 minutes and then add garam masala.

Step IV

Now add fried paneer cubes to the gravy.

Mix well and cook for 2 minutes more.

Palak paneer is ready. Serve hot with roti or rice.

If you like this restaurant style palak paneer, then please read other similar posts Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala, Punjabi Sarson ka Masala, Matar Paneer, Dum Aloo, Rajasthani Gatte Ki Sabzi, Rajma Masala, Bhindi Do Pyaza.

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How To Make Paneer At Home | Homemade Paneer In 15 Minutes

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How To Make Paneer At Home | Homemade Paneer In 15 Minutes

How to make Paneer at home

Paneer or Cottage Cheese has a special place in Indian cooking. These are protein rich dairy products and literally very tasty. Even if you don’t add any seasoning, you can have it as it is. These are so soft and it feels heavenly when they melt in mouth.

In Indian cuisine, paneer is used in almost all type of food. You make appetizers, main course, paratha, even desserts, it’s a complete winner in all foods. Again for vegetarians this is the major source of protein and highly recommended. If you are vegetarian then you should include this super dairy product minimum 3 times a week in your diet to get adequate protein requirement.

Homemade Paneer

When we buy paneer from market we can not guarantee the quality of milk and paneer. We don’t know even if the paneer we are buying are fresh or not. If the paneer you don’t find of good in quality or not fresh, the whole preparation gets spoiled. If not fresh, they may taste slight bitter and more sour, chewy.

So I prefer to make them at home. It does not take more than 20 minutes. Again you will have best quality paneer available with you. My little one loves paneer. So whenever he demands, I make fresh paneer instantly. I normally use vinegar to curdle. Alternatively you can add lemon juice, curd and buttermilk also for the process. However using curd and buttermilk yields softer paneer.

Homemade Paneer

It’s easy to prepare and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Precisely it took me 20 minutes for everything. Setting process takes 15 minutes.

Tips for making soft paneer

Use full cream milk as it gives paneer of best quality. and it will be soft as well. Don’t use skimmed milk or tonned milk for this recipe.

Use curd or butter milk if you wish for softer paneer.

If using lemon once you remove from hot whey wash them once to remove the taste of lemon.

Once milk curldles completely and separates from whey, turn off gas stove. Else paneer will be hard and chewy.

Storing paneer and re-using

You can make paneer and store for further use. To keep it soft, you can keep them in water and store in freeze. Similarly when you take out for your preparation, keep it in luke warm water. Evenif you are buying from stores, then also dip it in warm to hot water for 10 minutes before you use paneer. This makes paneer soft.

Homemade Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese

This is an easy recipe and gives us healthy and delicious paneer in just 20 minutes. 
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish, Paneer Special
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Protein Rich Food
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Ipsa Faujdar


  • 2 ltr Full fat milk
  • 5 tbsp White Vinegar


  • Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Add vinegar and wait till it curdles.
  • If it’s not completely curdled then add some more vinegar to this.
  • Wait till paneer separates from the whey (greenish or whitish liquid)
  • Turn off gas. Strain it with help of a muslin cloth. 
  • Run some fresh water on it to get rid of that taste of curdling agent.
  • Carefully squeeze it to get rid of excess liquid from this. 
  • Place it in a container along with tied muslin cloth (as shown in picture). 
  • Place a heavy object on top of it to set properly.
  • After 15 minutes, remove this from cloth.
  • Paneer is set now. Cut it into desired pieces.
  • Homemade healthy paneer is ready.


Use full cream milk for best result.
Don’t boil after paneer separates from whey. Else they will be hard and chewy.
Wash it once after straining from hot whey.
Last but not the least be careful as the paneer is hot. So straining and squeezing needs to be done carefully.

How to make soft paneer at home

1. Take milk in a heavy bottom vessel. Bring it to a boil.

2 Once milk boils, pour in vinegar (or whatever agent you are using). Stir well.

3. Milk starts to curdle.

4. Check if it’s completely separated and separated from whey.

5. If it’s not completely curdled, add some more vinegar.

6. Strain out from whey and wash with fresh water once.

7. Put it in muslin cloth and squeeze out excess water.

8. Keep some heavy weight on it. Keep this for 15 minutes to set.

9. Remove after 15 minutes.

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10 Cut into desired pieces.

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Homemade Paneer is ready for use.

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